Inspired by her community
Choosing an exciting future career does not have to mean leaving your home and community behind.
At age 19, Abbey had no interest in moving away from her home in Western Australia's Katanning Shire.
Instead, she decided to apply for a position as a trainee youth development officer with the local shire council.
Having now completed her Australian Apprenticeship, Abbey received a Certificate III and IV in Community Services while earning a wage, getting on-the-job training and the opportunity to make a positive contribution to her community.
"It is really rewarding working on programs that help our disengaged youth continue learning or find a suitable career path," Abbey said.
Working as an Australian Apprentice gave Abbey a range of responsibilities primarily focused on organising and delivering programs for young people.
She knows first-hand that opportunities for youth can seem hard to find in a small country town, but she has never let that stop her.
Abbey has been recognised for her hard work during her Australian Apprenticeship, winning Western Australia's Trainee of the Year and then Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year at the Australian Training Awards in 2011.
Abbey’s Australian Apprenticeship has led her to more opportunities and promotions, including her current position as an executive assistant to the chief executive officer of the Shire of Gnowangerup.